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Breaking Ground Thursday marked the groundbreaking ceremony for Vol Walker Hall.

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Career Fair

UA students had the opportunity to present resumes to various businesses.

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Change of Face: Students React to Site Changes

The Waiting Game

As Facebook unveils new changes, students love it, hate it and everything in between.


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Profile From the Hill: ASG President Michael Dodd The ASG president is an easy-going people person with the student body in mind.

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Hogs Cruise Past Tigers

No. 10 Arkansas scored 31 unanswered points and pulled away in the second half for a 38-14 win over No. 15 Auburn.

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Solutions for Students With Math Anxiety

Math anxiety is a common problem for many people, but UA staff members have developed programs to help them overcome their fears.

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As the names end along the senior walk, questions arise for current students about how long they must wait to see their name engraved after graduation. by MEGAN HUCKABY Staff Writer

Etching new sections into Senior Walk has been delayed because of the poor quality of concrete in the area near the Chi Omega Greek Theater, officials said. “The plan is to improve the

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The UA Associated Student Government might adopt a program from the Texas A&M University Student Government Association, officials said. UA ASG president Michael Dodd contacted Jeff Pickering, A&M SGA president, after the news that A&M would be joining the Southeastern Conference. The two met in Dallas on Oct. 1 when the Razorback football team defeated the Aggies, Dodd said. “Texas A&M is considered to have one of the best student affairs in the nation, and their student government is very prestigious as well,” Dodd said. “They have some of the largest populations involved in student organizations and different student groups.” A&M has 725 registered student organizations. In comparison, UA has 340 registered student organizations, according to the Princeton Review. During the meeting, Pickering showed Dodd various


Arkansas has partnered with the country Bolivia through the Partners of the Americas program, and because of this Bolivians are a growing population at the UA. This year there are approximately 64 Bolivian undergraduate and graduate students on campus,

SGA programs, including one called Fish Aides, which allows freshmen to be involved in SGA. That could be used as a model for a similar program at the UA, Dodd said. The overall purpose of the program is to develop 40 freshmen into the future leaders of A&M, said Clay Smiley, Fish Aides executive director. Freshmen are selected for the Fish Aides program through an application process. After the Fish Aide executive team reviews each student’s application, about 200 to 220 students are picked for the first round of interviews, Smiley said. Students who are selected for the program, which was started in 1979, are placed on committees and help other SGA members, he said. “What’s unique about Fish Aides is that it’s basically giving freshmen the opportunity to get involved in student government really early in positions that not a lot of other freshmen get involved in,” Smiley said. “We can try to cultivate these leaders as freshmen to enable them to better serve these committees


to add new names, said Glenn Grippe, director of business and support services. The problem originated with either the contractor or the supplier, Grippe said. The UA is negotiating with the contractor to resolve the problem.

“In this and in all situations, we expect that when we contract with businesses, they will fulfill their obligations by providing quality products and services,” Diamond said.

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Bolivians Increase Diversity at the UA

ASG Borrows From Texas A&M Playbook by SARAH DEROUEN

quality and durability of that area of sidewalk,” said John Diamond, associate vice chancellor for university relations. How that is going to be done is still being determined, he said. The issue was discovered when Facilities Management tried to sandblast the concrete

said Cecilia Grossberger, marketing and PR representative for First Year Experience. Ever since 1964, UA officials have provided a tuition advantage for all qualifying undergraduate and graduate level students from Bolivia. Year by year more Bolivians come to Arkansas to have the opportunity to experience the UA and its many academic programs of excellence, according to the UA

later on down the road.” A&M’s entrance into the Southeastern Conference will take effect July 1, 2012, according to the university’s website. The mission statement of the SEC is “to assist its member institutions in the maintenance of programs of intercollegiate athletics, which are compatible with the highest standards of education and competitive sports.” “I think their overall academic side and athletics, and all that, are really top-notch. They really are a top-notch school,” Dodd said. Texas A&M University is ranked 19th among the top 111 public universities, according to U.S. News and World Report. The UA is ranked 65th. During the Dallas meeting, Dodd also invited Pickering to visit Fayetteville in January for the SEC exchange, a conference for student governments in the conference. “Hopefully, we will be able to collaborate a lot over the next couple of years and really learn from each other,” Dodd said.




website. UA officials also offers a Caribbean tuition advantage, nonresident tuition award and Panamanian and a Rwandan tuition advantage, as well as more than a hundred programs in a wide variety of disciplines, according to the UA website. The Bolivian Tuition Advantage pays the out of state portion of Bolivians tuition if they meet

certain requirements. Students have to meet all admissions criteria and accepted as a degree seeking student, they have to be citizens and permanent residents of Bolivia and are at the freshmen, transfer, or graduate level, according to the UA website.

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Tanner Sutton, 5th year architect major, is working on a community housing project for people in Rwanda, Africa. Tanner was one of the winners of the Knedak Bobo Competiton.

Architecture Students Win Big by BAILEY KESTNER Contributing Writer

Five UA architectural students won awards for designs this year at the fourth annual Knedak Bobo Competition. Ken Hiley of Little Rock, Akihiro Moriya of Tomatsuri, Japan, Tanner Sutton of Gentry, and Erica Blansit of Branson, Mo. submitted their pieces.



The Knedak Bobo Competition is an architectural design contest, said Michelle Parks, director of communications at the Fay Jones School of Architecture. Students submitted architectural designs and drawings based off countries they visited over the summer, she said. “These winners created what I call timeless values in design,” said Santiago Perez,



assistant professor of architecture and member of the competition jury. Hiley, Moriya, and Sutton created a group design inspired by Tacubaya, Mexico entitled “La Cuna Urbana”. Blansit created a design inspired by Trastevere, Rome entitled “Ludoteka”.

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‘Rollin’ with the Razorbacks’ returns by SARAH DEROUEN Staff Writer

A bus filled with excited Razorback students can only mean one thing — Rollin’ with the Razorbacks. Rollin’ with the Razorbacks is a program sponsored by UA Associated Student Government that transports students en masse to away games. This

year, ASG is sponsoring a trip to Oxford, Miss., for the Oct. 22 football game against Ole Miss. The program is for students who would otherwise be unable to go to the game because of travel, said Grant Hodges, chair of ASG Senate. Rollin’ with the Razorbacks will offer two charter buses with a total of 100 spots to students on a

first-come, first-serve basis, Hodges said. Students are not allowed to attend if they are on academic probation, said Bailey Moll, ASG secretary. The trip costs $20, which covers the game ticket and bus fare. Each student also receives a Tshirt, Hodges said. Rollin’ with the Razorbacks will be funded by $10,000 from ASG and

$4,000 from Residents’ Interhall Congress. Last year, one trip cost about $12,800. The Ole Miss trip is the only one planned for the year, ASG officials said. Last year, Rollin’ with the Razorbacks took a group of students to an away baseball game, but that was not as successful, Hodges said.

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Tyler Simmons, a sophomore in music education, delighted students Sunday afternoon as he played outside the Lewis E. Epley, Jr Hall.

SENIOR WALK from page 1 Additional work is needed to prepare the area in question before new names can be carved, he said. However, officials hope to have the problem fixed and begin carving names in the next few weeks. There also has been a problem with chips in graduates’ names, said Ruth Hirsch, administrative support supervisor. Facilities management officials have “ways to patch names,” Diamond said. Other sections have been removed and stored to make way for construction, said Steve Voorhies of University Relations. Those sections will be replaced when the construction is complete, he said. The UA has plans to make a display of the names that are either covered or removed so that alumni can see their name if they visit the campus, Diamond said. “We are working to communicate with people that there are some temporary disruptions [with the

names],” he said. “I think people understand that we, as a university, did our best to protect the names.” “I think the walk states my accomplishment,” said senior Allie Mertz, food science major. “I think they are doing a good job to keep it protected,” she said. “It is kind of sad, but it’s necessary if they want to keep expanding our campus.” Senior walk stretches five miles across the UA campus and contains more than 140,000 names of UA graduates, according to the Arkansas Alumni Association. The tradition of putting the names of seniors on the sidewalk began with the 1905 class, according to the alumni website. The class of 1904 then added their names to the walk. In 1930, all of the graduating classes prior to 1904 were added. The UA has plans for Senior Walk that extend as far ahead as 2030, Diamond said. Diamond thinks the UA will be able to continue this tradition “indefinitely.”

Breaking Ground by KAREN STIGAR Staff Writer

Vol Walker Hall held a groundbreaking ceremony October 7, at 11 a.m. in front of the building at the Peace Fountain. “We're breaking ground for a construction project that includes the renovation of Vol Walker Hall and the addition of the Steven L. Anderson Design Center. In the end, we will house all three programs— architecture, landscape architecture and interior design — in the new space,” said Michelle Parks, director of communications Fay Jones school of Architecture. The Fay Jones School of Architecture received a $10 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds foundation to help build the addition to Vol Walker Hall according to

the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce website. The planned construction of the 31,000-squarefoot Steven L. Anderson Design Center is expected to cost $12.9 million, while a concurrent renovation of Vol Walker Hall has been estimated at $19.8 million, bringing the total cost of the project to an estimated $32.7 million. The university has committed $18.7 million toward the project, an example of how the campus facilities fee is being used to help pay for deferred maintenance and renovation for specific capital improvements, according to the UA University Development website. The project is expected to be finished by fall 2013, according to the UA Facilities Management website.

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BOLIVIAN from page 1 Bolivians must be enrolled full time in their degree program. For undergraduate it is 12 credit hours per semester and for graduate students it is 9 credit hours per semester, according to the UA website. The Bolivian Advantage may be renewed for the duration of their studies. “The University of Arkansas keeps growing, so it’s essential for us Bolivians to grow with it. This year we will be more involved with the campus community and will organize activities, dances and speakers in order to show off our culture,” said Grossberger. In 2003, IBO, International Bolivian Organization, was created for Bolivian students to be able to stand out amongst the rest of the population in the UA. The organization contributes to the local community by providing social and cultural activities. In the past the organization has held dances, fashion shows and many more showcases in order for everyone to captivate their culture. “This year I want to make the organization stand out to its fullest, providing more activities and events. Bolivia is such a wonderful country that not many people know about, therefore I want everyone to recognize the real beauty of our country,” said Camila Salinas, IBO President. During special holidays, such as Carnival, Bolivian students get together and organize a cultural dance called Caporales and perform it for the students at the UA. They also take this opportunity to cook their national dishes and offer them to anyone who attends. This way, students around campus, are able to witness parts of what the country is really like. “My dad is an ex alumnus and he always tells me the experiences he had as a Razorback, when he came to visit he was so pleased to see how many more Bolivians were at the university and quickly remembered the time he was here with his Bolivian classmates. I hope more of us come so more Bolivians can re-live their parents’ experiences and be part of a generation, just like me,” said Catalina Bonifaz, senior majoring in economics and transportation and logistics. The organization is open to anyone who wants to learn about Bolivia and its culture.

UA Students Flock to Career and Graduate Fairs by JACK SUNTRUP Staff Writer

From PetSmart to Peace Corps, employers Thursday packed the Verizon Ballroom to attract future employees from the UA. Just down the stairs, graduate schools from across the region filled the Union lounge to recruit undergraduate students. Across the lounge, the atmosphere was comparable to a living, breathing version of a high school senior’s mailbox, full of brochures listing the benefits of attending each school. Marjean McDonald, from the University of Tulsa, detailed her goal for the fair. “We would like for UA students to know that within close distance is an outstanding graduate school, in hopes that some of our outstanding programs might interest some of the students that go here,” she said. Patrick Pellicane, the dean of the Graduate School at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, had a similar mission. “We’re looking to find quality students and just to let people know we’re in business, even in front of our own competitors, let them know that we’re in the game too,” he said. With graduate school enrollment dropping, the market has become more competitive, Pellicane said. “The numbers are dwindling especially in certain areas,” he said. “We always need students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And the competi-

KNEDAK BOBO from page 1 “Both winning boards were so well organized and inspiring,” Perez said. The “Ludoteka” is the design of a children’s play and learning center, not like anything you would see in the U.S., he said. The “La Cuna Urbana” features amazing light perspective and shows layers upon layers. “There was a call for submissions in September, after the students’ arrived home from trips to Mexico and Rome,” Perez said. The four students only had a couple days over a weekend to construct their boards before submitting them to the architectural firm in Memphis, Tenn. “Each submission was awarded $2,500,” he said. The group of three split the sum amongst one another. “The two projects were very different,” Perez said. “When judging the thirteen submissions, we were not focused on choosing either the one from Rome or the one from Mexico, we intended to award the best boards presented.”

tion for American students is tough. So we’re trying to see who we can attract.” For senior Charity Walker, finding the perfect fit for graduate school is important. “I’m looking for a counseling/psychology program that offers a Ph.D. So hopefully like a five-year program,” she said. “I found a few places that offer that, like the University of Oklahoma.” Senior Alex Benson visited both the job fair and the graduate school fair. “I don’t know whether I want to go directly into the workforce or graduate school,” she said. “I’m specifically looking at law schools and internships.” She had come to the fairs with a purpose, Benson said. “I’m asking every booth

a specific question,” she said. “I’m seeing if the law schools have an agriculture program. But at the career fair, I got exactly what I wanted— an interview time with an internship.” In the ballroom, John Shook of BNSF Railways stood outside his booth waiting to talk to qualified candidates. “Even though the economy [is bad], we see our business coming back strong, so we have a lot of requirements,” he said. “Plus, we’re on the edge of a lot of the baby boomers retiring and we’re going to be replacing a lot of people who will be retiring in 2012 and 2013.” While companies like Target and Johnson & Johnson hung their household logos

from tables, representatives from Teach and Learn in Korea sat in the middle aisle, hoping for a visitor. Jungsoo Park, a recruiter, was eager to explain his selling points. “What is important is that even undergraduate students can apply for this program,” he said. “They will teach English in a modern school as an after-school activity. It’s similar to study abroad.” Chris Carland, from Schneider Logistics, anticipated hiring students directly out of college. “We are expanding and hiring on a regular basis,” he said. “You have people that are graduating coming up in December that will be ready to get their hands wet and get out there.” Charlie Guerriero, senior

economics major, sat on a bench outside the ballroom in his suit and tie and offered some sobering remarks. “I want a job,” he said. “I wouldn’t bet [I found one]. At the end of the day, you don’t know you have a job until you have a job. But especially with the economy, there would probably be 50 or 60 people going after the same exact spot I’m looking for.” He felt increased pressure because of this being his senior year, Guerriero said. “I’ve been to one business school fair and spring fairs over the past couple of years. Those I didn’t take as seriously because I wasn’t a senior. So I wasn’t dressed up as nice, I didn’t have a bunch of resumes to hand out—mostly just meeting people,” he said.


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Religious Vandalizing On Campus Lately I have noticed that chalking campaigns from the Occams razor resident student organization have been routinely vandalized. While I hold no particular religious affiliation, I suppose I would fall under the moniker of “Secular Humanist” – with a respect for all others who claim to be from one religion or another. I find it more and more difficult, however, to accept Christians who claim to follow the word of their Prophet, Jesus Christ, when I see them disparage and vandalize other people’s beliefs in the name of their lord. I am no biblical scholar, nor do I usually spend any thought on their teachings. It strikes me, however, that they ignore their own spiritual leaders expressed wishes to treat others in a respectful manner. I admit that it took me some time to find a quote that bests express this issue, but I believe I have. In the book of Matthew (7:12), Jesus plainly states: ““Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” I can only assume, then, that you want individuals to destroy the multitude of Christian chalking strewn about campus. I will personally make it my mission to undo that which has been done in defiance of your own Lord’s word. His LAW. From this point forward, I will find no guilt, nor pleasure, in doing the same to those words that I, and many other students, find patently offensive. Every time I see an Occams Razor chalking vandalized, I will do what I now believe to be my civic duty, and punish the writers with “an eye for an eye” in order to set straight that which I believe is wrong. It is tacky, it is uncalled for, and it is just plain ignorant. Not everyone is a Christian, but you act as if the act of desecrating other messages that do not meet your own criteria is your duty. Thank you for giving me a duty. I am not a member of Occam’s Razor, but know this: I now plan on attending their meetings, and helping them chalk their message. This is their right, just as it is yours, no matter how repugnant I find it. If you have a problem with other religions, or anti-religions, re-enroll in a Christian academy. This is not meant as an offence against your one and true God. This is meant to appeal to the very words you claim to live by. ““Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” I can only assume it means you wish your messages to be erased by zealots. Something you have created in this person.

by Joe Kieklak Traveler Columnist

By now most of us have heard of Steve Jobs’ death. I’m not here to lament about the loss of Jobs or to give a cliché eulogy. It’s not my place. Instead, I want to discuss his message, which may be one of the most important pieces of advice I’ve ever heard. Everyone has a “message,” but not all are equal. The power of one’s mantra often depends on how powerful they are. I’m sure somebody said something along the lines of, “The pen is mightier than the sword,” before Edward Bulwer-Lytton, but his play, “Richelieu: or, The Conspiracy,” made it famous. Jobs’s 2005 Standford University graduation speech shares the same rank. “You have to trust in something — your gut, des-

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to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it,” Jobs said. Don’t ever settle, we all owe it to ourselves to be selfish in creating our future. In paradox to the future, however, Jobs pointed out in that speech that all of our lives will come to an end, “death is the destination we all share. No one has every escaped it.” His position on death is perfect, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” This not only reinforces the beginning of his speech that we should chase the future we want, but also highlights the importance of our being here. “Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you,” Jobs said. The new is… us. Even though he was speaking to students at Stanford, the message is worldwide. The more than 23,000

students at UA are the future. We all have the opportunity to make change, yet, that’s not what all of us want to do. Some of us just want to make money and relax, some want to join the Armed Forces, some of us want to be politicians; the choices are endless. What works in our favor is that we’re some of the best-prepared students in the nation. We go to one of the best schools, have some of the most hard-working faculty, have thriving Greek life, committed student governments in Associated Student Government and Residents Interhall Congress, and an elite sports program. We are the University of Arkansas. And now the decision is up to us to let everybody know it. Jobs let nothing stand in his way while working at Apple while creating the technology that so many of us use every day. The next Steve Jobs is among us, the only things that can hold us back are ourselves. We must never let our ambition run dry no matter what we do, and always, “stay hungry, stay foolish.” Joe Kieklak is a columnist for The Traveler. His column runs every Monday.

Solutions For Students With Math Anxiety

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tiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference,” Jobs said. His position on risk-taking is incredible. Far too often we all stick with what we know, and don’t go into the unknown. This applies in all aspects of life, but it should be remembered especially during the class advising period. During this time, we make decisions that just don’t demarcate our next semesters, but we’re deciding the tools that we aim to use for the rest of our life. We can’t base our class decisions off of what our friends or significant others are taking, or what our parents want us to take. It’s time to give up trying to make others happy, and make a life for us. Jobs reinforced this idea in his speech with a story telling of how dropping out of college led to the success of Apple. While I don’t suggest dropping out of college, ultimately, do what feels right, because it can lead to unparalleled success. “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going

“Math makes me wanna break stuff,” said Crystal Kieffer, senior art major. Many students will understand such intense feelings, and many will not. Students who are fundamentally frustrated with math will be glad to know there is a name for the emotional and physical symptoms experienced: math anxiety. The problems surrounding math anxiety have “consistently ranked among the top 20 concerns for college students,” according to the University of Florida Division of Student Affairs. Research from the American Diploma Project “estimates that in 62 percent of American jobs over the next 10 years, entry-level workers will need to be proficient in algebra, geometry, data interpretation,

probability and statistics.” As many as 80 percent of U.S. students have experienced some degree of math anxiety, said Randy January, instructor and course coordinator in the Department of Mathematics. “There is a direct relationship between test-taking skills, especially in math, and student success,” January said. January defines math anxiety as signs of math-related stress in an otherwise intelligent person. “One thing I often hear from students is that they thought they were the only ones, when in reality, many people have experienced it. Even people well-versed in math have some anxiety with it at times,” January said. The difference between math anxiety and math anxiety disorder is stark. Math anxiety disorder is math anxiety gone wild. M.A.D. is characterized by complete paralysis in the face of even the most miniscule calculation. Luckily, most students do not experience this degree of math-inspired panic, which leads to an inability to complete assignments or take math tests. Most students can overcome their math anxiety with the right tools though. Math-anxious students battle emotions such as anger,

sadness, low self-esteem and anxiety. Physical symptoms of math anxiety include shaking, elevated heart rate, sweating, headaches and loss of sleep. Recent research showed that “simply suggesting to college students that they would be asked to take a math test triggered a stress response in the hypothalamus of students with high math anxiety,” according to a University of Chicago study. UA administration offers several programs designed to help students combat math anxiety and improve test-taking skills. The UA mathematics department offers seminars about math anxiety and math anxiety disorder. The UA education department is also offering a freshman seminar in math study skills in the fall. The mathematics department collaborated with the education department to design the eight-week course. The Math Resource and Teaching Center, on the second floor of the science and engineering building, is available to students who need additional tutoring. It is “surrounded by teaching assistant and instructor offices, and provides students with the support and services they need,”

according to the mathematics departmental newsletter. Students have access to advanced software that gives them “immediate feedback from electronic homework, quizzes and tests,” according to the newsletter. The Enhanced Learning Center, in Gregson Hall, offers general tutoring services, including math tutors for all ability levels. The UA introduced its math placement test in the fall 2010 semester. Considered in conjunction with ACT and SAT scores, the test is used to determine a student’s “strengths and weaknesses at the basic algebra and calculus readiness levels and places students into courses according to their abilities,” according to the spring 2010 UA mathematics department newsletter. If you hear Col. Kurtz’s maniacal voice whispering, “the horror, the horror,” when you are about to enter a math class-fear not. Instead of nibbling your nails to nubs and enduring sleepless nights, take advantage of the programs that you have already paid for with your student fees. Emily Hilley-Sierzchula is a columnist for The Traveler. Her column runs bimonthly, every other Monday.


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Arkansas junior running back compiled 97 yards of total offense, including an 18-yard touchdown catch from junior quarterback Tyler Wilson in Arkansas’ 38-14 victory over No. 15 Aubrun.

Hogs cruise past Tigers by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor

Tenth-ranked Arkansas scored 31 unanswered points, cruising to a 38-14 home victory over No. 15 Auburn in front of 74,191 fans at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, the seventh-largest crowd in UA history. The Tigers were scoreless in the final three quarters and the Razorbacks pulled away for their first league win while snapping Auburn’s 11-game conference winning streak. “That’s a good win for us,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. “Really happy for our football team. It took the whole team … This was a big game for us.” The Razorbacks (5-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) started pulling away when senior receiver Joe Adams scored on a 92-yard toss sweep on the Hogs’ first offensive play of the second half, extending their lead to 28-14 midway through the third quarter on the second-longest touchdown run in UA history. Adams took a pitch left, hurdled fullback Kiero Small as Small made a block on the

sideline, then outran Auburn’s defense. The toss sweep was a play Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee suggested at halftime, Petrino said. “I believe in that play,” McGee said. “You get the ball to Joe Adams as fast as you can get the ball to him.” Razorbacks’ quarterback Tyler Wilson completed 24 of 36 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 19 consecutive passes at one point, the third-longest streak in SEC history. “I should have hit all of them,” Wilson said. “I look at my game and gah, it wasn’t very good. I told (offensive coordinator Garrick) McGee that on the sideline. There’s a lot of plays I wish I had back.” Arkansas racked up 438 yards of offense on an Auburn defense that shut down then-No. 10 South Carolina the previous week, holding the Gamecocks to 289 yards and 13 points. The Razorbacks’ defense struggled in the first quarter, but held Auburn (4-2, 2-1) to 227 yards in the final three quarters. The Hogs forced three interceptions

in the second half, picking off both of the Tigers junior Barrett Trotter twice and true freshman Kiehl Frazier once. Trotter completed just 6 of 19 passes for 81 yards and threw two fourth-quarter interceptions the Hogs turned into 10 points. “It was just a great defensive effort those last three quarters,” Arkansas senior defensive end Jake Bequette said. “We knew anytime they put the ball in the air it was going to be a pressure, sack or an interception. We just had to stop the run on first and second down and put them in third and long.” Auburn All-SEC running back Michael Dyer, a Little Rock, Ark., native, ran for 112 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, including a 55yard scamper for the first score of the game. The sophomore managed just 57 yards on his other 20 carries the rest of the night, though, including 41 yards the final three quarters. “We controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half,” Petrino said. The Tigers ran for 232 yards, including 141 in the first quarter, on a Hogs defense

that was gouged for 389 rushing yards against Texas A&M the previous week. Frazier, lining up in the shotgun, ran for 54 of those yards on 13 carries, but was intercepted on his only pass of the game, halting an Auburn drive on Arkansas’ 23-yard line. “We did all the classic things we can not do to win a game on the road,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “Obviously, we turned the ball over three times. Against a good team on the road, that certainly isn’t going to get it done. This was a total team loss.” The Tigers led 14-7 after the first quarter, but Wilson and Arkansas’ offense struck for two second-quarter touchdowns in the second to give the Razorbacks a halftime lead. Wilson hit just 1 of 5 passes on the Hogs’ first two drives, but completed 19 of 20 passes for 212 yards the rest of the half. “We got in a good rhythm,” Petrino said. “He did a nice job of getting his feet set and understanding what they were trying to do coverage-wise in the first half. I thought our receivers made a lot of really good plays for him and we protected better.”

Arkansas’ defense forced a season-high three turnovers in its first conference win of the season against No. 15 Auburn. The Razorbacks intercepted three Tigers passes, one from starting quarterback Barrett Trotter and two from true freshman Kiehl Frazier on their way to their fifth win of the season. “We have been waiting for these turnovers to come,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. “We did a nice job at that.” Arkansas had just three interceptions in its first five games of the season, but came up big in the second half. The first of the Hogs’ interceptions came at the hands of sophomore Eric Bennett. The starting strong safety picked off a Frazier pass late in the third quarter and returned it for 19 yards. “Coach Robinson called a great call,” Bennett said. “I went out there and executed, reading the quarterback’s shoulders. I guess the quarterback didn’t really see me because we were in the cover-3. I just dropped into the curl flat and broke on the ball.” Bennett played in 12 games as a freshman, primarily at cornerback, before being moved to safety in the spring. It was his first career interception. “We are always talking about getting turnovers as a secondary,” Bennett said. “We usually get a lot of hands on balls but have dropped them, so tonight we got out there and made turnovers.” Fellow safety Tramain Thomas had the Razorbacks other two interceptions. Thomas intercepted a Trotter pass early in the fourth and

returned it 19 yards before reeling in his second of the night from Frazier midway through the fourth to return it for 29 yards. His interceptions set up a touchdown and field goal. “It was great feeling for me to come out here and get two picks in front of a home crowd like this and a big game too,” Thomas said. “We dictated the offense and made them one-dimensional. Whenever they would throw, we were able to get our hands on it.” Thomas now has a team-leading three interceptions on the season, running his career total to 10. “I thought Tramain did a really nice job playing the ball,” Petrino said. “He broke on the ball real well.” The Winnie, Texas, native struggled the past two games against Alabama and Texas A&M. He was benched for poor play during the Razorbacks loss to the Crimson Tide Sept. 24. Then last week against Texas A&M the senior saw reduced reps because of the strong play by backup Elton Ford who finished with 10 tackles. Thomas said he felt like the way he played against Auburn got him back into his rhythm. “It was definitely a big step for me tonight,” Thomas said. “I made some big plays, got back into the groove of things and build on it from here.” In addition to the three interceptions, Arkansas limited the Auburn passing attack to just 104 yards and an abysmal 36 percent completion percentage. “There were some really good football plays by our players,” Petrino said. “Once we got them to have some negative plays, forced them to third down, then we created some turnovers.”

RYAN MILLER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas junior linebacker Alonzo Highsmith registered 12 total tackles including 10 solo and two for a loss.


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HARRISON STANFILL College football is a mess right now. Teams are going every which way jumping conferences and all signs point toward a major shift in the landscape of college football. No matter how much I hate the term “superconference”, that is

exactly the direction that college football is going. I didn’t have a problem with how college football was going before all of this realignment news. Some of you, like myself, might not have been fans of the realignment at first, but I got to thinking that if this is done right, college football as a whole will benefit. If I had my way, this is how it would be done. First things first, the “superconferences”, take the Pac 12 and add Boise State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU, making it the Pac 16. Then you take the SEC with the recent addition of Texas A&M and add Clemson, West Virginia, and Missouri. Both of these conferences were relatively easy to get to superconference status.

Things become a little trickier when you are dealing with the Big 10, ACC and the left for dead Big 12 and Big East. I kind of feel bad for the Big 12 (kind of). They are the Titanic sinking in the middle of the ocean and Oklahoma and Texas are Leo Dicaprio and the hot chick – you decide who is who. The Big 12 has been left for dead and the only option is for the Big 10 to come along to scavenge the remains. So with the Big 10 standing as it is they need to add four more teams, which would be Kansas, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Baylor. Sorry Iowa State, after years of hapless football you have been left in the cold with nowhere to go but Conference USA. With the new look Pac 16, SEC and Big 10 (I prefer the Mid-

West Conference), the last remaining territory is the Big East and ACC. With Pittsburgh and Syracuse jumping to the ACC and the loss of Clemson to the SEC, we will assume that the ACC will need to add five more teams. Enter Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers and South Florida (what’s left of the Big East). With the combination of these two conferences, I dub thee the East Coast Conference. With the four super conferences you might have noticed that there are some teams that have been left out, like Texas, BYU and Notre Dame. They play a key part in this thing, too, though. They will become independents. They are so big and make so much money on their own that they would never want to be in a conference.

All of these teams have their own television networks and all make a large amount of money. Texas has even alienated the Big 12 to the point where teams are jumping overboard and the Pac 12 to the point where they said thanks, but no thanks. The four superconferences would allow the NCAA to introduce a playoff system much more easily. The marks against the playoff system would be what happens with the conference championship games, what about the bowl games, what do we do with the BCS? Well, each conference plays a conference championship game and the winners of those championship games get a bye during the first round. This means eight teams will then be chosen to play four games in the first round.

These eight teams can be chosen by the BCS rankings. The winners of the first four games will then get the chance to play one of the conference champions. The next four games will be the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and Rose Bowls. This makes everyone happy. The BCS feels valid, sponsorship money is not lost and the fans get to see an actual playoff determine a national champion, instead of a computer. Without a doubt, college football is going to look completely different a year from now. The only question that remains is whether it is going to change for better or worse. Harrison Stanfill is a guest columnist for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Monday.


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Profile from the Hill: ASG President Michael Dodd


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just the beginning. utor, in a recent column detail- site itself; for instance, an article The changes will lead to an en- ing the new changes.. someone reads or a movie they tirely new version of Facebook “Rather than just displaying watch online will be posted inStarting as the brainchild of a scarcely recognizable to the cur- your most recent activities, your stantly to the site. This more invisionary college student eight rent format, according to Daily profile will become a scrapbook vasive measure is a reason for years ago, Facebook has grown Beast writer Brian caution and conto be the biggest social network- Ries, There are two cern for some us“Knowing that people will be able to ing site in the entire world with new major features ers. more than 750 million users. A of the site, called “Knowing that see anything and everything I do on the part of everyday conversation the “Timeline” and people will be Internet is a little unsettling.” for many, the knowledge of its “Open Graph.” The able to see any- Anna Christina, sophomore usage is equally common. Or Timeline is essenthing and everyat least, it was. The site recently tially the current thing I do on the introduced some new changes, profile, in a reimagined way. It documenting your entire life, all Internet is a little unsettling,” and they’ve been drastic enough will lay out the most significant the way back to your birth. Face- said Anna Christina, a sophoto cause a stir within the Face- moments of one’s life in a reverse book will become a record of more. “It makes me feel like the book community. chronological format, for all your existence,” Cashmore said. privacy line is being crossed a “I definitely feel more creepy, to see. Facebook creator Mark Facebook compiles a record of little; there are certain things and like I shouldn't know ev- Zuckerburg even described the everything a person posts, plac- you don’t put on Facebook for a erything that scrolls past since Timeline feature as “the story of ing the recent things at the top of reason.” I may not be in contact with your life” and “a new way to ex- the page and over time decides However, according to Ries, that person or even know them. press who you are.” which posts have been most executives emphasize that user However, it has significant. This in- sign-off will be required before “The recent changes have been exmade me sort of formation is all de- allowing this integration to take plained quite fully and I really think cided by the server place and not all users feel that reconnect to people I haven't talkitself; however, users the integration is necessarily they will work out for the better.” ed to in a while do have the ability harmful or invasive. - Dylan Beschoner, sophomore since I see their to choose for them“Even when I'm not actively name scroll past,” selves what they using Facebook, I keep it open so said Flannery Wasson, sophoFacebook profiles will go from deem most significant about I can see activity in real time and more. having one central column to their lives. find interesting stories to chat While the current changes two, with boxes of text, photos, The Open Graph comprises about,” said Dylan Beschoner, have already caused a commo- videos and even maps of a us- of broadcasting activities to all FACEBOOK tion, what many users may not er’s favorite locations, explained other Facebook users, but withon page 8 know is that these changes are Pete Cashmore, a CNN contrib- out having to do it through the

by ZACH WILSON Staff Writer

Meet ASG President Michael Dodd one time, and you’re on his list. Like any good elected official, he’ll remember your name, wave enthusiastically and be genuinely interested in whatever you happen to be doing. He’s a self-proclaimed people pleaser that oozes that certain type of political charisma that gets someone elected to any kind of office. He has all the makings of a great politician, and yet he doesn’t like politics because it involves the inevitability of making someone unhappy. “I enjoy being part of the Associated Student Government because I get to interact with a large number of people,” Dodd said. “Everything else about politics I don’t like. I’m a people pleaser, and to be a politician you have to take criticism. I have a big heart. I want to see what I can do in every situation. As a politician you have to realize that it’s impossible to please everyone. That’s hard for me, but I’m trying to get there.” Dodd grew up in Leawood, Kan. (“Most people would just say Kansas City”), and was not involved in student government his entire high school career at Shawnee Mission East High. His decision to run for elected office at UA was a slow one to make and grew naturally out of his desire to help people. “It wasn’t a decision I made as a freshman,” Dodd said. “I came to Arkansas and knew only a handful of people, and I guess I didn’t know what I wanted from college. I knew I wanted to go into business, but not much else. I rushed and joined Campus Crusade for Christ freshman

year, and ended up getting into leadership positions for both. I went into my sophomore year as the philanthropy chair of my fraternity. I did a lot of service projects, and it made me want to run for ASG senate. I won sophomore year, and I became more involved with ASG and began to understand it. I got a sense of the best way to handle yourself as a senator.” Dodd ended up becoming chair of ASG’s Parking and Transit committee as a sophomore, and also became president of Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA), a project he says he is very passionate about. “I’ve just seen alcohol hurt student life in a lot of ways. It’s important for me to help with it, especially because the Greek system has the most problems with it,” Dodd said. Dodd decided to run for ASG president because it seemed like the most logical thing to do, he said. “I realized what I really wanted to do was to serve the whole university,” he said. “I decided I wanted to run for president at the end of my sophomore year, because I thought I had what it took to lead a campus and a large organization. I was going to run that year, but it fell through because I was working with a Walmart group and I missed the orientation session. I tried to make it up, but I already had to make up some tests. It was a miscommunication. I appealed it, but it didn’t work out. That taught me a lot about perseverance and

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UA Creative Writing Program a UA Hidden Treasure by JAMES DUNLAP Contributing Writer


Celebrate the Harvest with Annual Music Festival by KATHERINE BARNETT Staff Writer

Harvest Music Festival returns to Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Ark. beginning Thursday, Oct. 13 until Sunday, Oct. 16, headlined by the Yonder Mountain String Band. Railroad Earth, Corey Smith, Mountain Sprout and Grammy award-winning Béla Fleck and the Flecktones are also included in this year’s lineup, which fea-

tures more than 70 artists. Four-Day, Weekender, Thursday or Saturday passes are all available for purchase, along with VIP event passes for the entire weekend. Tickets range in price from $55 for a Thursday pass to $355 for a VIP pass and can be purchased online or at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. Every ticket option comes with

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A few things are often associated with the University of Arkansas - Razorback football, the hill, even the top-ranked Walton College of Business or the architecture program. Something that isn’t always internationally known, though, is that the UA Creative Writing program consistently ranks among the nation’s finest. The Huffington Post recently listed the MFA program at the University of Arkansas as one of the top 25 most underrated creative writing programs in the nation. U.S. News and World report ranked the UA program at number 18 in the nation. One aspect that sets the UA’s MFA program apart is that it is one of only two fouryear programs. “At four years, the program is twice the length of the majority of MFA programs,” said Rodney Wilhite, an MFA candidate in poetry. “This gives us twice as much time to work on our thesis; conse-

quently, we have a very good chance of producing manuscripts polished enough to be publishable.” The extra time in the program not only gives the students time to perfect their craft, but also to get teaching experience, an important skill for students who often go on to be teachers to support themselves while they write. The curriculum is a shining aspect of the program, but students agree that the instructors are what make the program exceptional. “Between the faculty members, visiting writers and my peers in the program, I had a constant source of encouragement and guidance on how to build a writer’s life,” said Sandy Longhorn, a 2003 graduate of the program. There is great talent on campus in writers like Davis McCombs, the director of the creative writing program, who attended Harvard University and worked under the

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COURTESY PHOTO Ellen Gilchrist, an award-winning novelist, short story writer and poet, is an associate professor in the UA creative writing program. Her awards include the 1984 National Book Award for Fiction.

FEATURES WRITING from page 7 likes of Seamus Heaney, Lucie Brock-Broido, Charles Wright and Rita Dove. Ellen Gilchrist, an associate professor, is the author of more than twenty books and the 1984 winner of The National Book Award for Fiction. Gilchrist has also won awards for her poetry. Molly Giles, also on staff, is best known for her short stories and was nominated for Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her first book, Rough Translations. Her work also won the Pushcart Prize, the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Small Press Book Award, the

clude The Cry of Oliver Hardy, To the Wrekers of Havoc, both recently reissued by the University of Georgia Press; The Man at Home, Love's Answer, The Night Breeze Off the Ocean, The Back Road to Arcadia, published in 1994, and Another Part of the Island, published in 1999. His newest collection, The Odor of Sanctity, is available from Salmon Poetry, Ireland. He has won two Pushcart Prizes, the Porter Prize for Literary Excellence, and has received three fellowships. “One of the great benefits of the University of Arkansas MFA poetry program is that it is very craft-oriented,” Wilhite

“Attending the MFA program [at the UA] gave me, first and foremost, the time to write and find my own voice.”

- Sandy Longhorn, 2003 graduate

Boston Globe Award, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. Creek Walk, a collection of short stories, was named one of the New York Times' most notable books of 1997. In 2000, Giles published her first novel, Iron Shoes, and her story "Two Words” won the 2003 O. Henry Prize. Donald “Skip” Hayes is most noted for his novel The Dixie Association, written in 1984 and reprinted as part of the Louisiana State University Press’ series Voices of the South. Hays’s other works include the novel The Hangman’s Children, published in 1989, and Stories: Contemporary Southern Fiction, published in 1989, edited by Hays. His short story “Dying Light” was reprinted in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best in 2003. His most recent work, Dying Light and Other Stories, is a collection of Hays’s short stories. In 2006, he was awarded the Porter Fund Literary Prize. Another poet on staff is Michael Heffernan. His books in-

said. “Although we are never required to write in a particular aesthetic, we could not possibly spend four years in this program and not leave with a very thorough knowledge of the formal elements of our craft.” A perk of the UA program is that all MFAs are fully funded. Every student accepted into the Creative Writing MFA program works as a teaching assistant to pay for their education. This is especially appealing considering the cost of out-of-state tuition in addition to the general cost of graduate classes. The UA MFA program is recognized for its commitment to excellence, both in arranging curriculum and hiring instructors, but also in shaping students to produce their best work. “Attending the MFA program at the University of Arkansas gave me, first and foremost, the time to write and find my own voice, one of the greatest benefits of the program,” Longhorn said.

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books about what it means to be a good leader, and what I’ve found is that it starts by serving. If I’m doing everything I can to show that I care, I’m doing my job. It’s really important for me to serve an organization when I meet with them instead of saying ‘What can you do for me?’” And although it might be his most admirable characteristic as a president, Dodd’s dedication to pleasing as many people as possi-

my relationships with my friends, because they really supported me through it.” The characteristic that stands out about Dodd’s easy-going attitude is his desire to please all groups of people. That trait has defined his leadership style. “Servant leadership is something I appreciate. I’ve read a lot of



Students relax before a show at the 2010 Harvest Music Festival in Mulberry, Ark. last October.

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ground, located within walking distance of all four stages. Visitors choosing not to camp will receive an all-day parking pass instead. RV camping

packages are also available. Four stages will be set up throughout the festival grounds, with the first performances beginning at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.


Shows will continue until 2 a.m. each morning until the last performance, which ends at 10 p.m. Sunday. Other events include music workshops with artists featured at the festival, an acoustic open mic stage and a disc golf course. This year the festival will also host its first annual “Fiddlin’ and Pickin’ Contest”, with competitions in mandolin, banjo, fiddle and flat picking. Entries are available to all ticket holders. Registration forms are available on the festival’s website and will be accepted until 15 minutes before each competition. The festival prides itself on being family friendly, and events for all ages including yoga and arts and crafts will be set up at a designated stage every morning of the festival. Children 11 and under can also receive a free ticket to the festival when accompanied by a parent or guardian with a full event pass. Campsites do not include water or electric amenities and pets are not allowed onto festival grounds. More information about the festival is available online at

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Guest saxophonist Lawrence Gwozdz plays with the wind ensemble of the UA’s symphonic band.

ble also gets him into trouble. “I internalize my emotions a lot,” he said. “If I’m going through a hard time, I don’t lean on my good friends or other executive leaders. If there’s difficulty with a relationship or if I don’t feel like I’m getting the job done, I try to resolve it myself. I don’t want people to be down with me. I try to make sure there’s harmony in all of my relationships. I wouldn’t seek someone’s help if I think they didn’t want to give it. I

don’t reach out.” Dodd says that relationships are the main focus of his administration. “The number one thing I want to do is to make it easy for all groups across campus to interact and collaborate and to realize that we’re part of something bigger than ourselves. People segregate themselves because of their groups. I liked what I saw at the Auburn game: thousands of peo-

ple there for one thing. I want to make campus life like that game.” And as for activities done outside of the public eye, Dodd says he has a few that not many people know about. He follows national politics, but couldn’t say which Republican he supports in the next election: “I’m undecided. But not Rick Perry.” “I love competitive eating,” he said. “Sororities put on contests occasionally, and I think I’ve won


them all. I tried to eat a seven-anda-half-pound hamburger once. That was rough. I finished most of the meat, but the bread was too much. I’d say I got about five and a half pounds into it. Pretty tasty until about three pounds in.” Dodd is also an avid baseball fan and a collector of baseball cards. “My favorite card is an autographed Carlos Beltran, but I also have an autographed Willie Mays.”


FACEBOOK from page 7 a sophomore. “Also, the media integration—especially music through Spotify—really represents for me a turning point in the social ecosystem. Facebook has introduced this service at a time when the consumers are actually ready for it.” With all these new changes occurring, it would be logical to think that some would change the amount of time they use Facebook, and possibly even switch to other growing social network sites like Twitter and Google+. In fact, in addition to enhancing the social media experience as much as possible, a main reason for Facebook’s extensive changes is in an attempt to get an edge on these sites which are their main competition, and for at least some it seems to be working. “I'm not a fan of Google+. I feel like maybe I'm missing the big deal about it. It's just so plain looking and I don’t know that it serves any function Facebook doesn’t. Twitter is simple, Google+ is plain,” Wasson said. Another concern of switching to other sites seems to be the amount of popularity they enjoy, or lack thereof. For instance,

there are some Facebook users who stress that which social network they use depends largely upon which one their friends and relatives use. “There are many things I like about Google+, and if over time enough people end up switching I wouldn't have a problem with switching as well. For now I plan to maintain both accounts, but my Plus account sees very little activity; none of my friends ever use their accounts and I become very bored very quickly,” Beschoner said. Though many haven’t deserted Facebook, that hasn’t prevented them from being vocal about what it has changed. Whether it’s a tweak or complete renovation, an angry reaction seems to form anytime Facebook makes changes. “I think people are testy in general when changes are made to services they are already comfortable with. And Facebook doesn't have the best history of properly implementing changes that make sense for the average user. However, I think they have consistently gotten it right in the end. The recent changes have been explained quite fully and I really do think they will work out for the better,” Beschoner said.

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